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Shamed skipper to meet Capello in bid to keep armband

JOHN Terry will be asked to explain his actions to Fabio Capello this week as he battles to retain the England captaincy. The Chelsea defender has been given a stay of execution because the England manager has resolved not to make any pronouncement for at least another week on the scandal that has engulfed the player.

From his holiday home in Switzerland, Capello has been monitoring the fallout from last week's revelations -- but is determined not to be rushed into making a decision that could have important implications for England's World Cup campaign in South Africa this summer.


Capello will speak with Terry when the Italian returns to England on Thursday, but is not expected to make any public comment until after the qualifying draw for the 2012 European Championship takes places in Warsaw on Sunday, which he will attend on behalf of the FA.

Capello's chief concern is to establish the facts of the affair. He has no plans to consult with the rest of his senior players as to Terry's suitability for the job, with one of his closest advisers commenting yesterday that the England manager does not run his team as a democracy, and the appetite for a dressing room revolt appears to be limited in any case.

The dilemma facing Terry is how honest to be with Capello when they speak this week, because trust is essential if there is to be a professional relationship between the pair.

Terry's denials of any wrongdoing after the training-ground revelations convinced few at the FA and this may be his last chance to level with Capello.